Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and Carlos Gomez added a solo shot, as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI triple and Rickie Weeks had one hit and a run scored for the Brewers, who have won five straight and their last six at home versus the Cubs. Starter Marco Estrada gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out four over six innings.
David DeJesus had two hits, including a two-run shot, and Luis Valbuena and Anthony Rizzo each hit solo home runs for Chicago, which has lost four of five.
Jeff Samardzija yielded five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over seven innings and fanned four in defeat.